Jul 4, 2011 4:00am PDT
airborne division. >> this particular group of soldiers was sent to afghanistan as part of the surge. due to return home next month. >>> now for a look at morning road conditions on this holiday. flooding could cause problems on i-95 from d.c. into the carolinas. it could be stormy along i-10 from houston to tallahassee. wet along i-90 in the dakotas. and minnesota. >> and if you're flying, airport delays are possible in atlanta, miami, charlotte, memphis, st. louis, minneapolis, phoenix and las vegas. apparently a tough day for travel. look out. >> all over the place. >>> lot of fireworks displays are canceled in the south and southwest this fourth of july. >> the reason, hot, dry weather, which means potentially dangerous fire conditions. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: wild fires like this monster still burning near los alamos county. one reason, all of the way to s dia, canceled fireworks displays. all made worse by murderous heat and drought. dangerous temps of over 110 scorched the southwest. a record 118 in phoenix. and temps 100-plus bake in california. the mississippi vall
Jul 4, 2011 3:05am PDT
the southeastern corner of afghanistan. they took part in a flag-raising ceremony complete with a military band to observe the fourth of july holiday, independence day. very nice. >>> taking a look at your all-important weather, this becomes very important. we have barbecues to talk about. can't have rain on the barbecue. severe storms are possible in the dakotas and parts of minnesota. there also could be flooding rains in missouri, maryland, and arkansas. firefighters in the desert southwest could get some help from monsoon rains. it always rained in seattle when i was growing up on the fourth. >> we should say folks in texas, it's very dry, looking for some rain. in colorado, northern texas, 10 degrees warmer than usual. seattle, seasonable in the mid-70s. chicago, detroit, minneapolis, mid-80s. i can deal with that. >> that sounds pretty good. >>> the calendar says it is the 4th but the scene on washington state's crystal mountain is just a little bit more confusing because record snowfall has extended the skiing and snowboarding season. >> hundreds of people are expected to h
Jul 4, 2011 4:00pm PDT
under see it on tv. >> and u.s. troops in southeastern afghanistan celebrated with a flag raising ceremony. it may be the last july 4th spent in afghanistan. the draw down of u.s. troops is set to begin. president obama ordered reduction of 10,000 by the end of the year and another 23,000 by september, 2012. some leaders say the withdrawal plan is more aggressive than anticipated. >> sarah showered began a hunger strike to protest the continued detention of two fellow uc berkeley alumni. they were arrested almost two years ago hiking along the border. and the release on bail last year, she announced she'd not return to stand trial. bower and fattal's trials were set to begin at the end of the month. uc werkly -- berkeley alumni will take turns fasting to demand the release. >>> a group of canadian activists attempting to sail through the sea blockade were blocked from leaving a greek port today this, is the second time that a boat belonging to the flotilla was turned back. on friday, the greek coast guard and commandos stopped the boat from leaving and arrested the boat's captain.
Jul 4, 2011 7:00am PDT
of independence day. ♪ the soldiers in the southeastern corner of afghanistan took part in a flag-raising ceremony, complete with a military band. they were sent to afghanistan as part of president obama's troop surge. they're due to return home next month. >>> the sacrifice so many have made in the fight for freedom a stark indication this morning that more americans are unaware of the very origins of this holiday. listen to this. a new poll finds that 42% of americans don't know the u.s. declared independence, 1776, folks, and 24% don't know that we declared independence from the british. >> come on. >> most of them said they could not remember which country. >> i categorically cannot accept that. >> there you go. >> unbelievable. >> i would be curious to see what country they would pick. >> everything but britain. >> unbelievable.. >>> unbelievable. although this is of course, independence day, fourth of july. we're desperate for one day of great weather. we turn to you, stephanie roberts, from our great tampa station, wfds, in today for sam. for the very latest. stephanie. >>